These 10 Summer Drinks Sweeten Any Picnic!

raspberry cake

What do you think of when you hear the word “picnic”? Do you envision a smorgasbord of delectable finger-foods spread across the universal picnic blanket (you know, the red-and-white-checked kind), all set and ready for you and your friends to demolish in 0.8 seconds? Of course you do! Everyone thinks about the food when it comes to picnics – but what about the drinks? After all, the right beverage can set the tone for the occasion!

This time, celebrate National Picnic Month right by trying these 10 amazing drinks! Trust us on this – the drinks matter!

Iced Tea – Don’t want to get too fancy with your beverage? Iced tea can be a refreshing option during the blazing summer months. It’s easy – just add water and your favorite bags of tea to a sealable container, refrigerate it for 5 hours, remove the bags, serve it over ice, and enjoy!

Iced Sparkling Honey-Lime Red Tea – Sometimes regular iced tea just doesn’t cut it. You need some zest in your life, something that makes your taste buds scream, “More of this, please!” Behold, the wondrous concoction that is known as iced sparkling honey-lime red tea. Don’t let the long name fool you – this delicious drink is super easy to make!

Sparkling Blueberry Lemonade – Nothing says “summer” quite like lemonade. But don’t just settle for any lemonade. Make it exciting like this bubbly and refreshing sparkling blueberry lemonade recipe!

Easy Homemade Strawberry Lemonade – Blueberry not your thing? We get it. Some people aren’t into that. That’s why there’s the ever-beloved strawberry lemonade. Try this sweet drink at your next picnic!

Strawberry Limeade Slushies – Do you have a lot of strawberries hanging out and being neglected in the fridge since you bought them a few days ago? Put them to good use and create this easy and delicious strawberry limeade slushie! You can even add a white-based soda or a splash of rum or vodka to this concoction for a fun twist!

Mocktail Blackberry Spritzer – It’s time to get that pinky finger some exercise because this is one fancy-lookin’ drink right here. May we introduce the mocktail blackberry spritzer! This drink gives you the perfect excuse to savor all those delicious summertime blackberries – in style!

Plum Sangria – Sometimes you just want a sweet treat to go along with your summertime fare. We totally get that. That’s why there’s plum sangria to help you kick back and relax on your next picnic!

Tequila Sunrise – Give your taste buds a bit of a wake-up call with a tequila sunrise! You’re bound to feel like the epitome of sunshine with this drink in hand.

Piña Colada – Send your worries far, far away with a fruity piña colada. Wanna get a little more of a tropical vibe? We suggest throwing in a banana for good measure!

Long Island Iced Tea – For a boozy take on iced tea, there’s the ever-delicious Long Island Iced Tea. Let yourself be whisked away to fabulous New York City as you sip and savor this popular summertime drink.

Oh, and don’t forget to bring a large bottle of water along with you. It’s not only good for keeping you hydrated, but it can also double as something to help you wash off your sticky hands!

Don’t feel like hand-making drinks for your picnic? We understand. It’s work, and there are better things you could be doing. Like grabbing a fruity smoothie from McArthur’s Bakery before you head out to your picnic. Stop by any of our locations to pick up some drinks for you and your partygoers before you devour all that amazing food!

6 Ways to Win at Promposing with McArthur’s

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It’s that time of the year again – a time when the world seems a little more colorful, the birds chirp a little more, and flowers can be seen pretty much everywhere.

No, we’re not talking about spring. We’re talking about prom season.

If you still haven’t found a date to prom or are maybe agonizing over how to ask your girlfriend, boyfriend, or crush to the big event, then don’t fear. We’ve got some sweet ideas to help you make the most memorable promposal yet without getting on the loudspeaker and singing a parody of that one sappy Adam Sandler song from “The Wedding Singer.

Say It with a Cake – Make your promposal a piece of cake – literally (We’ll be here all night.). Go all out with a customized tiered, prom-themed cake or choose a simpler, more personalized route with an eloquently decorated sheet cake in your date’s favorite flavor.

Spell It out with Cookies – There’s nothing wrong with getting right to the point, especially if your date-to-be is a little, well, oblivious. Lay your cards all on the table with a dozen delicious cookies. Include some decorated as dresses, tuxes, or limos, but make sure you save 5 of them to spell out “P-R-O-M-?”

Corsage Cupcakes – Corsages are – dare we say it? – so overrated. They’re cumbersome, uncomfortable, and die within a few days. Give her a corsage she’ll definitely enjoy: a tasty cupcake ornately decorated as a blooming rose!

Donuts – Who doesn’t like donuts? No one, that’s who. Give your potential prom date a box of his or her favorite donuts, writing out “P-R-O-M-?” or maybe a “yes” or “definitely” on a few of the pastries. Of course, you could always go for a sweet pun. We humbly suggest writing “I donut want to go with anyone else” on the inside of the box.

Cookie Cake – Combine two of the best desserts ever invented – cookies and cake – to create a treat that will pretty much be impossible for anyone to say no to. Ascribe some cute and clever words to woo your date, perhaps alluding to the fact that it would be a “treat” to take him or her with you to prom (See what we did there?).

Give Them a Box of Sweets in Person – All things old-school and vintage are so in right now. Prompose the old-fashioned way: simply show up with a box of sweets and ask them to be your date. Bonus points if you stand outside their window holding a boom box and playing Peter Gabriel’s “In Your Eyes” beforehand.

Don’t settle for anything subpar. Make sure you get your promposal right by stopping by McArthur’s first to pick up your sweet treat of choice!

Make Life all Sunshine and Rainbows with a DIY Rainbow Cake!

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Who doesn’t like cake? A soulless person, that’s who. And who on earth doesn’t like rainbows? Pretty much no one! What if you were to take two of the greatest things on this planet (cake and rainbows, that is) and combine their powers to create a cake so cheerful and magical that you swear you landed somewhere in the land of the unicorns? Well, guess what – you can make that happen when you create a rainbow cake!

Imagine it: your friend or family member is cutting out their very first slice of rainbow cake, fully expecting something more run-of-the-mill like vanilla, yellow, or chocolate cake when BAM! Rainbow. Now that’s what we call a pretty sweet surprise!

So how can you make your very own magical rainbow cake? Just follow the directions below to get started!

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a spread of delicious holiday treats from McArthur's

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Here are 3 ways you can make your life easier this holiday season with the help of McArthurs!

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creamy Caesar salad at McArthur's

How are those New Year’s resolutions going? If you’ve aimed to eat healthier foods and live a fit lifestyle, you’re probably working on eating more salads. If you’re trying to include salads in your daily diet, you might be starting to get sick of them. If this sounds like you, then we have the perfect solution for you! Give boring salads the boot by chowing down at McArthur’s!

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oung beautiful people are talking, eating, drinking and smiling while sitting at the table and having picnic outdoors

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